December 13th, 2008
07:43 AM ET
12 years ago

GOP warned to embrace technology or face 'suicide'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Ken Blackwell and other candidates for the GOP chairmanship have used Facebook to reach supporters."] (CNN) - When Michigan GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis decided to throw his hat in the ring to head the Republican Party, he announced his intentions on an unlikely forum: Twitter.

Not too long ago, the social networking Web site most popular among teenagers and 20-somethings was probably the last place you would expect to find a candidate for the Republican National Committee chairmanship.

But then Barack Obama's presidential campaign appeared to revolutionize the way technology could be integrated into every facet of a campaign - from fundraising to media outreach to voter mobilization.

The result was a Democratic Party that outpaced its rival in nearly every measure - in the process revealing how detrimental the GOP's apparent lack of tech fluency proved to be on Election Day.

The Republican Party is playing catch-up, hoping to compete with Democrats in the next two pivotal election cycles.

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  1. Juan Grain

    The GOP is history, they are stuck in the world of Neo-Con. America has other plans.

    December 12, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. Ben

    No, even if you do that not going to work for me!!
    Don't want Gop emails!!

    December 12, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. BB

    Welcome to the 21st century. The McCain's and others that can't even spell or pronounce internet are left in the dust. ha ha ha ha ha

    December 12, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. tee

    GOP got a smackdown

    December 12, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. Luigi ina California

    Technology? We don't need no stinking technology. We have Jesus on our side.

    December 12, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. yellow dog democrat

    Good Idea – we need the ideas out where everyone can see them and maybe – just maybe – we will get some honest to goodness Government "for the people – by the people"

    December 12, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. Paul

    All the technology and social networking in the world isn't going to change the fact that the GOP is intellectually bankrupt and wrong on every major issue facing America.

    December 12, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. Franky

    "GOP warned to embrace technology or face 'suicide'"

    LOL!!! And don't forget cell phones, LOL!!!

    Man GOP, wow!! I mean, wow!

    December 12, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. mike

    and why do you have him up here in facebook? this is an old party of majority white heads and will never get my vote!

    December 12, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. chris from stl

    Suicide is much suited for GOP .... It can't change and will not change ... That's what 'conservatism' mean for most GOPers, .... back to 1700's.

    December 12, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |


    December 12, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  12. dustin

    well first the GOP should embrace science, then worry about technology

    December 12, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  13. Mickey, New York

    The elephant is dead already.

    December 12, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  14. red




    DEM ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!2009-2070

    December 12, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  15. Buckeye

    The GOP already committed political suicide with yesterday's vote to kill the emergency auto loan and preserve some three million jobs.

    December 12, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  16. Darla

    A little too late...Obama taught the GOP about technology

    December 12, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. Gene

    Nothing new here–the GOP mindframe has always been behind the times.

    December 12, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. Sue in MI

    If the GOP wants to compete, they'd darn well stop playing chicken with the car makers. This thing makes me sick-throw money at banks with no strings, and make the autoworkers grovel and take cuts putting them BELOW the income levels of their fellow workers down south, and then refuse to help them at all anyway. Yup, the GOP sure knows how to win friends and influence keep voting Democratic! And keep supporting those Honda glad the senators from Georgia and Kentucky can think beyond their own backyards and realize that in Michigan and Ohio, we are on the verge of Depression. Nice of them to care. And when the suppliers in these states go under, just where are your auto companies going to get parts? This is bigger than Honda in Kentucky and Toyota in Alabama. We will remember!

    December 12, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. {dh}

    I already get enough unsolicited crap from them.

    December 12, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  20. Nola

    Thanks for a great laugh

    December 12, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  21. Jim from Ohio

    Ken Blackwell was Ohio's nightmare, and he can be America's too. The guy may be online but he's a medieval mind.

    December 12, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  22. Steve

    Sweet....we're all set fellow Dems. Old, fat, rich, aristocratic white guys don't know how to use computers.

    December 12, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  23. Oh Please!

    Uh Paul, I would not be throwing stonesat the GOP right now if I were you. It's your friends, the Democrat party that is home to the senate seat pedaling Governor and one or more guilty parties in the President -Elect's transition team that has the ethics problems right now. . With names like Spitzer , Kilpatrick, and Blago you have no room to call anyone intellectually bankrupt. You dems have plenty of idiots to go around. Nice try though.

    December 12, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  24. sl

    Technology spreading the same worn-out, outdated, out-of-touch ideas and politics will be just more of the same, only the e-version. Give an unskilled surgeon a new scalpel and s/he'll still be unskilled and able to do harm not good.

    December 12, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  25. Jim D. in Costa Mesa

    Dear Republicans:

    PLEASE CHOOSE SUICIDE. You have so much blood on your hands, its about time the blood was your own. Besides, you've been drinking the cool aid forever. Make the world a better place. You won't be missed!

    December 12, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
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